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Thursday, 29 April 2010

  • Leading article: Ultimately, a question of judgement
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    Far from rogue radio microphones and frustrated pensioners, the Prime Minister looked at home as he expounded on deficits, taxation and "immoral" Conservative policies. David Cameron delivered another fluent, if unspectacular, performance. And Nick C...

  • Leading article: Europe's leaders need to act decisively
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    The joint eurozone/ International Monetary Fund loan package activated by Athens last week is clearly too little too late as far as investors are concerned. Yields on two-year Greek bonds have soared to 18 per cent. That is unsustainable. Athens simp...

  • Steve Clifford: If Christians are marginalised, it is not just the fault of secular society
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    When I watched Gary McFarlane interviewed on television a couple of weeks ago, I felt here was a man whose advice and counsel I would appreciate if ever my marriage was in difficulty. Yet he has just been in court fighting one of the most respected c...

  • Robert Verkaik: Lord Carey's proposal is a step back to medieval days
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    The Anglican prelate's self-serving proposition that there should be a law that imposes a special duty on the judiciary to be sympathetic to the teachings of the Church of England, or indeed any other religion, is risible. Yet Lord Justice Laws devot...

  • Church's call for religious judges is rejected by Court of Appeal
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    Gary McFarlane, a devoutly Christian marriage counsellor who used to work for the charity Relate, went to the Court of Appeal yesterday in an attempt to overturn his sacking two years ago after he refused to provide sexual advice for gay couples. The...

  • Leading article: America's energy crisis
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    It also highlights the policy tightrope that America must walk, as the world's greediest consumer of energy chases its dream of a future free from dependence on foreign oil, much of it from politically unstable parts of the world. Some time this summ...

  • Michael McCarthy: This couldn't have happened at a worse time or a worse place
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    The gigantic slick is likely to hit marine and coastal wildlife at the height of the breeding season, said Aaron Viles, the campaign director of the New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network. "We are very concerned, especially if you look at it in t...

  • Leading article: More a lapse than a catastrophe
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    Mr Brown's mistakes – and they were serious mistakes – were to yield to temptation, and to forget that he was still wearing a microphone before he let off steam. Blaming his aides for what he called a "disaster" and, worse, calling Gillian Duffy a "b...

  • E Jane Dickson: Absolutism in all forms is naive
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    It was reported this week that a group of evangelical archaeologists from Turkey and China have unearthed the remains of a compartmented wooden structure, some 4,800-years-old, which might conceivably have been used to contain animals. "It's not 100 ...

  • Andy McSmith: The danger was lurking right under his nose
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    "That was a disaster," was Gordon Brown's first reaction as he climbed into the car after he had had a few words with Gillian Duffy. Actually, it was not. That exchange in a Rochdale street was played and replayed on the news channels yesterday. The ...

  • Ben Chu: Greek default could have same impact as Lehman collapse
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    If Greece defaults or crashes out of the euro it will send an almighty shockwave through the global capital markets. First of all, French and German banks, which are estimated to hold up to 70 per cent of Greece's debt, will register writedowns. If t...

  • Letters: Cameron can't go back to the past
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    I was born and lived in the village of Brompton near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, in the 1950s and 1960s: population less than 2,000 then. As a travelling salesman, I was one of the few with a car then, and the villagers were pretty well self-supp...

  • Leading article: Let it flow
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    Trust royalty and its palace preservers to ignore the killjoys of the police and the nay-sayers of the medical profession, complaining of the British thirst for alcohol, their debauched nights and drunken revelries by day. That's not the spirit, nor ...

  • John Curtice: There are signs that public interest has been stimulated
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    At the last two elections turnout reached a low point. Before 2001 turnout had never fallen below the 70 per cent mark at any election held since the end of the First World War. But in that year just 59 per cent made it to the polls, while at 61 per ...

  • Letters: Youngsters learn to take a dive
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    During one such game two weeks ago, involving five- to six-year-olds, a lad was running with the ball, which was taken away from him with no contact whatever. The youngster went down in a heap and clutched his leg, moaning in agony. The coach/referee...

  • Leading article: Still failing
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    Taken together, though, they amount to an indictment of the way this country treats the children whose homes, for whatever reason, are inadequate. He cites research showing that six out of ten children returned to their families after being taken int...

  • Susie Rushton: Entrusting money to a bank. Big mistake...
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    There's been a mistake, I say. The bank has fined me £75 in unplanned overdraft charges for an oversight that lasted 24 hours. A single day! Tension creeps up my neck as Jamie reads his scripted responses. A black, blank chasm of corporate indifferen...

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